Josh Gates Finds Yeti Prints Near Everest

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 1st, 2007

Josh Gates Finds Yeti Prints Near Everest

TV host Josh Gates displays a sample showing what appears to be a footprint found in Nepal’s Khumbu region, where Mount Everest is located. The tracks will be analyzed as part of an investigation into tales about the legendary mountain Yeti, Gates told reporters in Katmandu on Friday. [This is the caption from Gopal Chitrakar/Reuters, but personally, I have questions about the source of this cast. See my critical blog about this image.]

Everest footprints stir up Yeti legend

TV producers hope to tie tracks to tales of ‘abominable snowman’

KATMANDU, Nepal – Members of a TV production team investigating the existence of the legendary Yeti in Nepal said Friday that they have found footprints intriguing enough to merit further investigation.

The team of nine producers from “Destination Truth,” armed with infrared cameras, spent a week in the icy Khumbu region where Mount Everest is located and found the footprints on the bank of the Manju River at an elevation of 9,350 feet (2,850 meters).

One of the three footprints found on Wednesday is about 1 foot (30 centimeters) long, with an appearance similar to those shown in sketches of the purported apelike creature, the team said. “It is very, very similar,” Josh Gates, an archaeologist who serves as the host of the weekly travel adventure series, told Reuters in Katmandu after returning from the mountain. “I don’t believe it to be a bear. It is something of a mystery for us.”

“Destination Truth” appears on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States. (The network is owned by NBC Universal, which is a partner with Microsoft in the joint venture.)

Tales by sherpa porters and guides about the wild and hairy creatures lurking in the Himalayas have seized the imagination of mountain climbers going to Mount Everest since the 1920s. Several teams have searched for it and some have even claimed to have discovered footprints. But no reputable investigator has actually seen the creature, nor has it been scientifically established that the Yeti exists.

Gates said the footprints on lumps of sandy soil, which would be sent to experts in the United States for analysis, were “relatively fresh, left some 24 hours before we found them.”

“This print is so pristine, so good, that I am very intrigued by this,” said Gates, flanked by his team members.

Even if the traces are found to be authentic footprints, it’s not yet clear how they could be attributed to a Yeti rather than, say, a less exotic mountain creature. Nevertheless, the evidence may be enough to fuel a TV show. “Destination Truth” chronicles some of the world’s notorious purported cryptozoological creatures and unexplained phenomena.

Some local sherpas believe that the Himalayas are abodes of strange creatures and consider the Yeti (also popularly known as the “abominable snowman”) as a protector. Others say it is a destroyer.

“There is a kind of mysterious creature that lives in the Himalayas,” said Ang Tshering Sherpa, chief of Nepal Mountaineering Association in Katmandu, who hails from the Khumbhu region.

This report was supplemented by Sharma

Josh Gates Finds Yeti Prints Near Everest

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

16 Responses to “Josh Gates Finds Yeti Prints Near Everest”

  1. MattBille responds:

    I hope they found something, but we can’t conclude much from what’s been released. First, how do you say “this looks like a Yeti track” when there’s no such thing as an authenticated Yeti track to compare it to? I presume they are referring to Exhibit A in anyone’s case for the Yeti, the tracks photographed at a much higher altitude by Eric Shipton and Michael Ward a half-century ago. However, the cast displayed doesn’t look like the Shipton prints. Whatever left the Shipton prints had a foot which was very broad (about 20cm) for its 32-cm length but was broad along its length except for the heel. That is, those photos did not show a relatively narrow print which became much wider at the toes.

    Bottom line: I’ll look forward to the results of the promised analysis, but I’m not booking any flights to Nepal just yet.

  2. Ceroill responds:

    Potentially interesting, but I don’t hold out any high hopes for the Sci Fi network show.

  3. Atticus responds:

    Definitely intriguing find.

  4. Guerrierinconnu responds:

    Very interesting find

  5. sschaper responds:

    I have trouble seeing that as a primate print. If he was in Madagascar, looking for the Roc, and missed the middle toe, maybe, but the morphology is mighty strange for a biped primate, isn’t it? It does remind me of the strange prints from Malaysia, which were likely rhino.

    What do biologists think of what could have made such a strange, splayed print?

  6. cmgrace responds:

    Does anyone know when the show will return? I didn’t like it all that much, but I will watch anything about cryptids or the paranormal. I’m a nerd like that, or at least my husband says so.

  7. Cryptid Hunt responds:

    Looks kinda small for a Yeti footprint. Maybe its a baby Yeti?

  8. Atticus responds:

    Its the mangy bear on vacation.

  9. MattBille responds:

    A bit more on the Shipton tracks, again assuming they are being used for comparison:

    FYI, here’s what I wrote in my blog when the Shipton photos were recently sold. I recounted in more detail in my book Shadows of Existence my uncomfortable efforts to produce something resembling the Shipton tracks in snow by a comination of barefoot parints and those made with various types of footwear, in different textures of snow, under different time/sunlight conditions. This “overprint” explanation, which Napier sort of tentatively offered, never works: it doesn’t even come close. (Meldrum says the same thing, but what’s funny is I have yet to read of anybody except me actually trying the experiment.)

    While the evidence for the yeti is unsatisfying at best, no one has ever explained these footprints. Options:
    1. An unknown animal.
    2. Prints of known animals (or humans) expanded by melting and refreezing. This is easy enough to disprove experimentally. Tracks melt into a blob – they don’t expand in a way that gives you clear edges and well-defined toes.
    3. A hoax. No evidence Shipton and his companion Ward hoaxed the prints has ever been offered.
    4. Simply, a mystery.

  10. squatch-toba responds:

    I agree with MattBille. It’s not even close to the “Shipton” print. I think it is closer to the prints found in the swamp areas of the southern U.S.! Sure is an odd looking cast, maybe more info is to come yet.

  11. Craig Woolheater responds:

    According to the SciFi Channel website, season 2 of Destination Truth will premier in the spring of 2008.

  12. Kathy Strain responds:

    I just wanted to point out that Josh Gates is an archaeologist, making this even more cool…

  13. cryptidsrus responds:

    The tracks may not necessarily be “YETI” but they are certainly worth looking into.

  14. cryptidsrus responds:


    I go for option 4.

  15. bill green responds:

    this is definetly a very informative new article about yeti prints being found by josh gates. thanks bill green

  16. AlbertaSasquatch responds:

    I agree that this looks more like a southern state print than the shipton print. But so what, many purported sasquatch tracks look nothing like each other but that doesn’t mean they weren’t made by the same species. I also really like the show “Destination Truth” and I think Josh Gates is a standup guy. Hes serious but humorous too. Just my two cents.

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